Keep the Fat in the Salad Dressing
Should you skip the fat in your salad dressing? The answer to that question depends on the kind of fat you are putting in your salad dressing. All too often, fast food restaurants and processed foods load down 'salads' with an array of high fat and chemical laden additives. These are not the kind of salads you should be eating. Eating a salad only to load it down with an assortment of unhealthy ingredients can negate some of the health benefits of a salad.
What kind of salad should you skip? Any salad that has transfats, such as a salad with added fried chicken, is one that should be avoided! Your salad should be one that focuses on healthy ingredients, and that means opting for healthy fats as well.
Healthy fats are fats, such as olive oil, avocado oil, nuts and seeds, and foods high in heart and brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, omega-3 enriched egg, sardines and wild Alaskan salmon. These are the kind of heart healthy fats you want to be adding to your salads.
The idea that all fat is bad is slowly beginning to fade away, as people realize that consuming the right kind of fat is vital to human health and well-being. Simply stated, you can't be in optimal health and eat a zero fat diet.Some fat is very important for your overall health.
It is also important to note that the healthy fats we are outlining in this article are also nutrient dense and have proven disease fighting properties. If you opt for the right kind of salad dressing, one made from healthy fats like olive oil, then you can expect to get many health benefits.
When you choose a salad dressing that has no fat, you are likely robbing your body of nutrition and disease fighting compounds. All the fats we've listed have compounds that can fight disease. Olive oil, for example, has been shown to improve heart health. Fats containing omega 3 fatty acids do more than boost brain function, as they also boost the immune system. Many individuals also take fish oil supplements which are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Getting more of the right kinds of fats in your diet can actually help you fight off everything from the common cold to cancer.
Finally Also, there is the issue of the relationship between nutrient absorption and healthy fat intake.Studies have shown that eating healthy fat with your fruits and vegetables could add in nutritional absorption.This, of course, means that you will get more nutritional benefit out of the salads that you consume.A study from Ohio State University showed that phytochemicals were more readily absorbed by the body after people ate a salad with avocado. Those who ate the avocado benefited from more alpha-carotene and 13 times more beta-carotene.
Selecting the right salads and the right fats for your salad will boost your health. Plus, salads can be a great way to get many more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy proteins into your diet.